AUDIO: Tonglen Meditation — Benefits and Techniques to Cultivate Compassion and Awakening [Dharma Talk MP3]
The Taking-and-Giving Meditation: a detailed dharma talk on how to do it and what the techniques, benefits, and results are; and using it to cultivate compassion to overcome your own pain, stress, and suffering.
Using Tonglen meditation to ease suffering, overcome problems, cultivate the brahmavihārās, and attain Buddhist awakening (streamentry)
In this dharma talk I dive into the details of a somewhat-lesser-known meditation technique that anyone can use to overcome mental suffering, physical pain, and generate deep and transformative states of compassion and gratitude. I also cover the importance of Right Effort, determination, and good teachers, and how these are critical to cultivating resilient states of contentment and to making spiritual progress.
AUDIO: Mettā Meditation and Analytical Meditation - How to Do Them Correctly [Dharma Talk MP3+Transcript Included]
A short Dharma talk on (1) how to do loving-kindness meditation correctly, (2) how to do Analytical meditation correctly, and (3) how they are used to make progress.
How to generate genuine feelings of love and compassion while meditating.
Most people are doing mettā meditation (i.e., loving-kindness meditation) ineffectively. Why is this? Because there are very few people who are actually teaching others how to do it correctly, and many of them are hidden away in Buddhist monasteries. In this article + audio dharma talk we provide clear instructions to make your practice more effective for progress toward Buddhist Enlightenment.
How the fundamentals of Buddhist Right Speech can help you give skilful advice and feedback that gets heard.
How to use Buddhist Right Speech
In this teaching, I share how Buddhists can use the teachings of Buddhist Right Speech and Mindfulness to offer unsolicited advice to others, skilfully and kindly, and in ways that promote harmony, mutual respect, and appreciation from and for the people whom we have around us.
Perhaps one of the most widely misunderstood concepts in all of buddhism and eastern philosophy: karma explained.
'What is karma' explained by a Buddhist teacher
In this short article, we will cover what Karma is and what it isn't; how it relates to destiny and free-will; and, its relationship to your happiness and your peace-of-mind.
Mettā meditation, also referred to as meditating on loving-kindness, is easy to do incorrectly or incompletely.
If you aren't using your heart, you are doing Mettā meditation wrong.
In this teaching you will find a detailed explanation, complete instructions, and a rich example recitation script of the equalising Mettā Meditation on Loving-Kindness and Compassion. Plus, a bonus sutta that can be used to close your meditation session.
Until you learn how to turn your meditation and dharma practice into progress, you will never experience Buddhist awakening, streamentry, or the benefits of your practice.
How to practice Buddhism explained by a Buddhist teacher - Enlightenment is a real thing
In this reply to a student question, I cover the basics of making real progress with your dharma and meditation practice; how to cultivate it; and, why doing so is so important to attaining Awakening and Enlightenment. Because this is an email to a student, it assumes a certain understanding of Buddhism on the part of the reader.
Each one of us has the seed to be unshakeably happy and peaceful; and you don't have to be a Buddhist to have it.
(Alt. Title: Recognising and connecting with your inner-goodness cultivates happiness)
Buddha Nature explained by a Buddhist teacher.
In this article, we will cover what Buddha Nature is, how to recognise it, nurture it, cultivate it, and leverage it for happiness and Enlightenment.
Compassion vs Pity Explained by a Buddhist Teacher
Compassion and pity are commonly misunderstood. And this is equally relevant to both Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. While entire schools of Buddhism are anchored on the concept of compassion, and many compendia have been written on the topic, in this article we learn what they are, how they affect you, and how to adopt an easy way to spot the difference between them.
There's a big problem with the Western Meditation movement that no one wants to talk about. Until now.
Stop meditating wrong.
In this article, we will cover what's wrong with western meditation, how to fix your practice, and why it's so important to attaining Awakening and Enlightenment.
Despite common misconceptions, buddhists are not obsessed with death, they are obsessed with happiness.
Embracing Life by letting go of Death
What is the point of thinking about death? Is it morbid or is it useful? And how can it be used by non-Buddhists to cope with dying, death, or loss?
What is analytical meditation and how to do it correctly?
Analytical meditation is a very powerful, yet simple-to-understand practice. In this article we discuss what it is, how it works, and why it's such an important part of any mediation practice.
The Sagacious Buddhist Blog
Michael Turner is a pre-monastic ariya-puggala and a full-time Buddhist anagārika; and he is also a deeply accomplished streamentry mentor and applied-dharma teacher. He emphasises and teaches the practical application of the Buddha's teachings in our everyday lives to overcome our human problems that stand in the way of making measurable progress toward Buddhist enlightenment and he is particularly adept at explaining them in ways that can be easily understood and practiced by Western Buddhists. He has been meditating and cultivating the views and techniques that generate indestructible resilience, inner-strength, and direct experience for almost 30 years and has helped countless numbers of students and peers enhance and course-correct their practice to make veritable progress along the path toward Nibbāna.
do good. be kind. help others. be peaceful.™